Created on 15-09-2021 at 01:00 AM
The joy over the brilliant start to Bayern's Champions League campaign was etched all over the faces of the players after the game away to Barcelona. "It's a great feeling," said a happy Robert Lewandowski. The men from Munich won 3-0 at the Camp Nou and thus underlined their trophy chances. "When you win 3-0 here in the opening game, it sends a very important message," said teammate Thomas Müller. fcbayern.com has compiled more reaction from the players and coaches.
Reaction from the Bayern camp:
Julian Nagelsmann: "We had a bit of trouble defending Depay in Barca's final third at the beginning. We adapted that and afterwards we were very good throughout. I don't think Barca had a shot in the first half. We defended very well. With the ball, we could have created more chances to score. Overall, we had too few good chances for our overall dominance. In the second half, we were more stable and defended deeper, also because of the weather. Lewy showed an unbelievably good eye for goal. The second goal in particular he took sensationally well. In the end, we controlled the game well and scored a third. The victory is absolutely deserved, even by that margin."
Thomas Müller: "From midway through the first half onwards, things went much better. We had some good transitional moments and good ball wins. We didn't allow them much at the back, but we could have scored one or two more goals up front. Overall, it's just really fun to play here. The boys enjoyed it. When you win 3-0 here in the opening game of the group stage, it sends a very important message. We're very happy."
Robert Lewandowski: “It's always nice to be on the pitch and hear the Champions League anthem with the crowd. That’s a great feeling. Sure, the stadium wasn't quite full, but hopefully everything will be back to normal soon. We can be satisfied with our performance. It was good. We showed from the very first minute that we wanted to win. We were in control of the game, that was important. Barca rarely threatened our goal. It was a perfect day.”
Joshua Kimmich: “We didn't get into the game easily. The first half in particular was very intense. The longer the game went on, the more we took control and then we were fortunate to make it 1-0 with a deflected goal. Still, we were the better team in the first half. In the end we could have won by even more. We moved the ball well, although we still made a few simple mistakes through lack of concentration. The bottom line is that we can be satisfied. The trend is very good. It’s getting better from game to game. I hope we can build on this performance.”
Reaction from the Barcelona camp:
Ronald Koeman (Barcelona head coach): “We knew we were playing against a great team and a tournament favourite. The goal we conceded changed the game a bit. They showed they were better than us today.”
The match report: